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Union agrees to historic homegrown deal with Cavan Sullivan

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Philadelphia Union has announced a historic signing on Thursday. The team has signed homegrown prospect Cavan Sullivan.

The Wonder Kid is just 14 years old. It is the largest homegrown signing in MLS history.

Philadelphia Union prospect Cavan Sullivan looks to make a play on the ball in a game
Cavan Sullivan looks to make a play on the ball in a game (Photo by the Philadelphia Union)

He is also the youngest player to sign with the Union. He is the fifth youngest in MLS history to join an MLS first team.

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“Cavan is undeniably a rare and extraordinary talent,” Union Sporting Director Ernst Tanner said. “At just 14 years old, his natural skill and vision are far beyond his years. His advanced soccer IQ, paired with his ability to read plays, advance the ball, and score, show just how high his ceiling will be.

“We are incredibly pleased to have come to an agreement to have Cavan join the Union on his first professional contract and have no doubt on the impact he will make with the club.”

Sullivan previously signed with Manchester City, according to Soccer Insider Fabrizio Romano. However, that deal does not begin until 2027.

He has been in the Union’s academy since 2020. He has quickly made his way through the ranks.

Sullivan was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. However, he currently calls Norristown, Pennsylvania home. 

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“I’ve been watching my home team, the Union, for as long as I remember and hoped that one day I’d get the chance to play for my city in front of my family, friends, and fans,”  Sullivan said. “Being able to not only play for the Union but to be able to play with my brother is a dream come true. I will give everything I have to this club and hope to help bring home some hardware. I’m thankful for the opportunity and hope to make Philadelphia proud.”

He was part of the United States team that won the 2023 Concacaf Boy’s Under-15 Championship. This was the first time that the USA won the tournament.

The Union have their next two games at home. On Saturday, the Union hosts Orlando City SC.

Then, several days later, the team hosts NYCFC in Chester, Pennsylvania.

According to the Union, if Sullivan plays for the team on or before July 29th, 2024, he will be the youngest player to make a debut in the top North American sports. This includes Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, the National Basketball Association, the National Football League, the National Hockey League, and the National Women’s Soccer League.

Plus, he would also be the youngest player to make a debut for any of the top European soccer leagues, too.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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